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Ron Menconi, Former VP for Merchandising at G.I. Joe’s, Spells out How to Succeed In Retail Today

  Check out Ron Menconi’s article in the May/June 2017 Sports Insight Magazine issue.  It is titled, “How Stores Can Thrive in a Tough Retail Environment.” I enjoyed the insightful article, especially when he was bringing up ideas that G.I. Joe’s executed … Continue reading

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Corky’s Farewell Memorial May 22, 2016

David (Corky) Orkney zoomed off to the great beyond (can’t you just imagine him driving his blue Carrera Porsche) in sync with his Celebration of Life Service just a year ago today.  That is because the celebration took place in a large white tent, just like a … Continue reading

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The Mystery Store Identified as Hayden Meadows/Delta Park!

Thanks to John, Mike Fitzhugh, Ed Darnell, and Carl Leach for identifying the location of the mystery store as Hayden Meadows in Delta Park in North Portland.  The clincher was decipering the Sleep Train store sign located to the left of G.I. Joe’s, … Continue reading

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Dad’s First Newspaper Ad for G.I. Joe’s

Dad ran this small advertisement for G.I. surplus sleeping bags in The Oregonian classifieds in the early 1950s.

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Where was this store located?

Photo was taken in 1998.  Here is a possible clue of the location from a close-up of the SUV’s license plate.

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Can You Identify the Store Pictured in the Banner?

Here is the photo before it was cropped to fit the banner space. Answer:  It is the Oak Grove Store on McLaughlin Blvd.  It was built in 1972.

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Tribute to David (Corky) Orkney

David (Corky) Orkney May 30, 1946 to May 8, 2016 CEO of G.I. Joe’s from 1976 to 1992 and Chairman of the board from 1976 to 1998 Corky, my younger brother who loved G.I. Joe’s and G.I. Joe’s people and who never had … Continue reading

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The Earliest Photo I have of the Original G.I. Joe’s

Customers parked in front of that first G.I. hospital tent store on Vancouver Avenue in North Portland.  This was the original G.I. Joe’s that opened in 1948 and was owned by a number of partners, including my dad. Part of the slogan is visible … Continue reading

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Here come the posts again!

I am recommitted to posting at http://www.GIJoes.com!  I took some time off for a while and only posted on the Facebook page, Growing up With G.I. Joe’s.  I enjoyed reaching out through Facebook but am realizing that does not get … Continue reading

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“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and Charley Daniels Went to G.I. Joe’s Rockwood!

Charley Daniels stopped by G.I. Joe’s Rockwood’s store in southeast Multnomah County to meet fans before his concert that the Box Office was selling tickets for.  As Box Office manager, I went out to the store to welcome him and … Continue reading

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